July 14th 2018


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COVER STORY By-elections a trial run for next federal election

SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook bans reflect a lack of impartiality

CANBERRA OBSERVED The gloves are on for by-election proxy bouts

FEDERAL POLITICS Federal ALP platform reads like a radical on a soapbox

ENVIRONMENT 'Climate change' news is fake news

BRITISH HISTORY Abolition of the Corn Laws paved the way for cheap food

LIFE ISSUES A world of competing sorrows: Ireland's abortion referendum

CULTURE The wee folk and their cousins, up and down the scale

WESTERN CIVILISATION Three great anniversaries of the West

FICTION Autumn Alexei's Story

MUSIC ABBA; Unstoppable, ubiquitous

CINEMA Jurassic World: Fallen kingdom

BOOK REVIEW Vision for the future, if we want to claim it

BOOK REVIEW Taking to task failed privilege

BOOK REVIEW Where Tolkien and St Thomas agree

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS Beijing goes 'boo', Qantas gets in a flap

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Opposition mounts to legalisation of cannabis

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FEDERAL POLITICS
Federal ALP platform reads like a radical on a soapbox


by Chris McCormack

News Weekly, July 14, 2018

The Federal ALP National Platform Consultation Draft paints a picture of a draconian government if elected, in many areas mirroring the policies of the Greens.

The ALP wants to take an additional 450 gigalitres of water (approximately the volume of Sydney harbour) from farmers in the Murray-Darling Basin each year and send it down the river,
removing constraints and flooding low- lying farmland and infrastructure. This would even further hasten the demise of rural and regional towns in the Basin that are already struggling from reduced water allocations, the twin effects of which are lower agricultural output and diminishing populations.

The ALP believes that “climate change poses the greatest threat to human health and wellbeing this century” and that we must “reduce our reliance on rainfall” and support “investment in wastewater recycling, desalination [and] stormwater harvesting”. It seems that the $1 billion a year Australians are paying for mothballed desalination plants built by state ALP governments has not deterred the federal party at all.

The ALP will “[implement] manage­ment plans for the Commonwealth Marine Reserves and Sanctuaries Network put in place by the former Labor Government”, which saw vast tracts of water become “no fishing” zones.

The ALP will commit to “the shared international goal of mobilising public and private funds to assist vulnerable communities address climate change”, putting Australian manufacturing and jobs at risk.

When it comes to the life issues, the Consultation Draft is contradictory. The draft states, “critical brain development occurs in the first 1000 days from conception to age two. Labor will … ensure more young Australians get the best possible start to life.”

Elsewhere, it says the ALP will “work with states and territories to improve the accessibility, legality and affordability of surgical and medical terminations across Australia, including decriminalisation in all states and territories and the provision of abortion in public hospitals [and] work with states and territories to implement [exclusion] zones”. This last element criminalises pro-life counsellors or any opposition to abortion near abortion clinics.

The ALP will also “support universal access to modern [abortifacient] contra­ceptives … by improving … uptake of highly effective, long-acting, reversible contraceptives”.

The ALP believes early childhood programs “are necessary [for] a skilled and productive workforce” and will increase the number of hours of preschool and kindergarten available. Does this mean they will channel more taxpayers’ money away from parents wishing to care for and educate their young children at home? More hours at preschool and kindergarten means fewer hours at home. Thus it means usurping parents’ rights and undermining their value systems by subsidising and entrenching institutionalised child care, replete with gender-questioning ideology.

“Labor will continue to support natio­nal programs to address homophobia, biphobia, transphobia … in schools”, including ensuring that “gender-diverse students are able to express the gender they identify with, including through preferred name and dress” and are “committed to making sex education inclusive of all sexualities and gender identities. Schools will be reviewed regularly by … experts working in LGBTI health”.

So, “Safe Schools” 2.0 will be a foregone conclusion under an ALP government.

The ALP believes “Australia has an unprecedented opportunity to end HIV transmission” and says “Australia should be a society that embraces diversity”. To promote that “diversity” they will “investigate establishing a National Gender Centre for support and advocacy for transgender … Australians”.

Yet, one worldwide meta-analysis of 39 studies from 15 countries found that transgender women had a HIV prevalence rate 49 times that of the general population, while in Australia in 2012, 73.1 per cent of new AIDS diagnoses were among homosexual men.

In relation to the suicide rate the ALP will “reduc[e] Australia’s heartbreaking and confronting suicide rate by focusing on research, improving data collection and access to evidence-based services that targets those most at risk”.

At the same time it ignores overwhelming evidence that the LGBT lifestyle (the suicide rate among transgenders is 20 times higher than the rate among the general population) is a causal factor. The ALP prefers to believe “minority stress” to be the main cause, and will work to change “prejudiced attitudes and language” and ensure Medicare funding for “gender-affirmation surgery” (aka self-mutilation).

The hypocrisy over suicide continues. The ALP will act to allow euthanasia and assisted suicide by “determin[ing] whether current end-of-life care practice reflects the community’s preferences not only in terms of where they wish to die, but when to die”. It also “recognise[s] that current Commonwealth legislation acts as an impediment for the territories to legislate in respect to these issues”.

The ALP Consultation Draft says: “Children can become vulnerable when their needs are considered secondary to the priorities of their parents and carers, institutions, governments, cultural and economic interests.”

Considering that no ALP MP voted against “gender-fluid” marriage last December, which entrenched in law (along with the ALP’s commitment to provide assisted-reproductive services to LGBT couples or singles) the right of LGBTs to create fatherless or motherless children, this is feigned concern.

The ALP will “consolidate federal anti-discrimination laws into a single act” and “consider whether current anti-discrimination law provides such effective sanctions … [against] homophobic, biphobic, transphobic and intersexphobic harassment”.

The ALP will wield a big stick in government, forcing total capitulation to its authoritarian agenda.




























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